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Home :: India Destination :: Tamil Nadu :: Thanjavur

Sri Brihadeeswarar TempleThanjavur has played an unforgettable role throughout the history of Tamil Nadu. This royal city of the Cholas gained prominence between the 10th and 14th centuries. Since then, it continued to grow as a major centre of culture and learning. It is due to this reason that Thanjavur is known today for its world renowned paintings, musical instruments, sculptures and other items of art and craft. For travellers, a visit to the city of Thanjavur means gaining an insight into the history and culture of Tamil Nadu and taking some exquisite curios and souvenirs back home.

Climate & Best Time
Thanjavur has a tropical kind of climate with hot summers. During this period, the temperature touches a high of 36 degrees centigrade. Winters record a low of 22 degrees centigrade. November to February is the ideal time for tourists to make a trip here.

Places to Visit
Apart from witnessing the some stunning temple architecture, belonging to the Cholas, you can also visit the art galleries and libraries to have an insightful view of the city's culture. Some of the most visited tourists attractions in Thanjavur are as follows.

» Sri Brihadeeswarar Temple
One of the major draws for visitors, the temple is one of the most brilliant examples of the Chola temple architecture. It was erected by the Chola ruler Raja Raja I in the 10th century AD. The soaring temple measures 793 feet by 397 feet.

» Royal Palace
Partially built by the Nayaks and partially by the Mrathas, the palace comprises of numerous halls and courtyards. A huge quadrangular courtyard serves as the entrance to these buildings.

» Saraswathi Mahal Library
Founded around 1700 AD, the library is famous for its ancient collection of manuscripts. It has the distinction of having over 44,000 palm leaf and paper manuscripts in Indian and foreign languages.

» Royal Museum
Royal Museum ThanjavurThe old palace building now serves as the Royal Museum. The museum treasures a fascinating collection of South Indian sculptures and paintings. The bronze sculpture exhibited are the cynosure of all eyes here.

Stay Options
Thanjavur has a number of government approved and budget class hotels to cater to the requirements of its visitors. You can plan your stay at some famous hotels like Hotel Oriental Towers, Hotel Sangam, Hotel Parisutham and Hotel Gnanam.

Getting There
Trichy, the nearest airport from Thanjavur, is 65 km away. Madurai Airport (200 km) is another convenient airport with connecting flights to places like Bangalore, Chennai and Mumbai. The railhead at Thanjavur links it with Trichy, Chennai, Madurai and Nagore. Through road routes, Thanjavur is connected with all the major cities and towns of Tamil Nadu and neighbouring states.

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